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Autumn garden

Use one simple technique to make a lush floral garland for your neck or wrist

A profusion of French beaded leaves and flowers makes a pretty-as-a-picture accessory.

SUPPLIES

Bracelet 6 1⁄2 in. (16.5 cm)

  • 15/0 seed beads
    • 10 g color A (flower, main color)
    • 3 g color B (flower, accent color)
    • 3 g color C (leaves, inner-round, light color)
    • 4 g color D (leaves, inner round, medium color)
    • 10 g color E (leaves, outer round, dark color)
  • 3-strand box clasp
  • 21 crimp beads
  • 13 1⁄2–14 ft. (4.1–4.3 m) 26- or 28-gauge craft wire, color A or B
  • 17–20 ft. (5.2–6.1 m) 26- or 28-gauge craft wire, color E
  • 5 ft. (1.5 m) flexible beading wire, .014–.018
  • chainnose or crimping pliers
  • wire cutters
  • toothpick (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

In this simplified version of the French beaded flower technique, loops of seed beads on wire make an adorable array of sweet blossoms and leaves. Arrange them on a base of flexible beading wire for a comfortable, stunning accessory. For complete project instructions, click here to download & print this PDF 
bracelet base
Bracelet base
 
First, you will need to make the bracelet base, instructions and photos can be found on our project PDF.
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Branches

Next, you will need to make a total of 10-13 branches of varying sizes of leaves. For more photos and instructions on completeing your leaf path, download our project PDF.

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Flowers

The final components are the flowers. You will need to make two large flowers, four or five medium flowers and five or six small flowers. View our PDF for complete instructions on how to make all of the components.

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Photo w
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Photo x
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Photo y
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Photo z
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Photo aa

Assembly

1. Figure out where you want to position the branches on the base. Intersperse the one-color branches evenly among the three-color branches (PHOTO W).

2. Select a branch to attach to the base. Coil the working wire around the stem and a strand in the base near a leaf connection point (PHOTO X). Make two to three coils. Continue coiling the wire around the stem until you reach the 2-in. (5 cm) tail. Coil the tail around a strand in the base two or three times, and bring both the working wire and the tail out to the front of the bracelet. Do not trim.

3. Repeat step 2 to attach the remaining branches along the base, hiding the crimp beads as well as possible and overlapping the branches somewhat.

4. When all of the branches have been attached, there will be a pair of wires sticking out from the end of each branch. These wires will be used to attach the flowers, and ideally there will be a pair for each flower you’ve made. Decide where you want to place each flower (PHOTO Y).

5. Choose a flower, and twist its 2-in. (5 cm) tail together with the pair of wires from the corresponding branch. Start near the base of the flower and branch (PHOTO Z).

6. Wrap the twisted wires three or four times around the neck of the flower where it is attached to the branch (PHOTO AA). Trim the excess wire, and straighten the flower.

7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 to attach the remaining flowers. If you have flowers left over and no branch to attach them to, simply coil the tails around a branch wire a few times, then secure and finish it as in step 6.

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